Understanding Genre and Subgenre Categories of Writing

Understanding Genre and Subgenre Categories of Writing

Explore the different main genres and subgenres of writing to better understand the categories of literature, from fiction to non-fiction, poetry, drama, and more.

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1. Genre and Subgenre Categories of Writing

2. Genre = Category All writing falls into a category or genre . We will use 5 main genres and 15 subgenres .

3. Drama Fiction Poetry Folklore Nonfiction Tragedy Comedy Realistic Fiction Fable Historical Fiction Fantasy Myth Science Fiction Tall Tale Legend Fairy Tale Biography Autobiography Persuasive Writing Informational Writing

4. 5 Main Genres 1. Nonfiction : writing that is true 2. Fiction : imaginative or made up writing 3. Folklore : stories once passed down orally 4. Drama : a play or script 5. Poetry : writing concerned with the beauty of language

5. Nonfiction Subgenres Persuasive Writing : tries to influence the reader Informational Writing : explains something Autobiography : life story written by oneself Biography : Writing about someone elses life Latin Roots Auto = Self Bio = Life Graphy = Writing

6. Fiction Subgenres Historical Fiction : set in the past and based on real people and/or events Science Fiction : has aliens, robots, futuristic technology and/or space ships Realistic Fiction : has no elements of fantasy; could be true but isnt Fantasy : has monsters, magic, or characters with superpowers

7. Folklore Subgenres Folklore/Folktales usually has an unknown author or will be retold or adapted by the author. Fable : short story with personified animals and a moral Personified : given the traits of people Moral : lesson or message of a fable Myth : has gods/goddesses and usually accounts for the creation of something

8. Folklore Subgenres (continued) Tall Tale Set in the Wild West, the American frontier Main characters skills/size/strength is greatly exaggerated Exaggeration is humorous Legend Based on a real person or place Facts are stretched beyond nonfiction Exaggerated in a serious way

9. Folklore Subgenres (continued) Fairytale : has magic and/or talking animals . Often starts with Once upon a time Like fantasy but much older Often has a human main character Fables also have talking animals, but fables are VERY short

10. What are Dramas ? Stories written in script form. Example Teacher: Everyone take notes. Student A: I dont have a pen. Drama Subgenres Comedy : has a happy ending. Tragedy : ends in death and sadness.

11. Review Nonfiction : persuasive writing, informational writing, autobiography, and biography Fiction : historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction, and fantasy Folklore : myth, legend, tall tale, fairy tale, and fable Drama : comedy and tragedy Poetry : many subgenres we will not study

12. Practice You will be graded on participation and completion, not on accuracy. 1. On a separate sheet of paper, number one through ten. 2. I will describe a piece of writing. 3. You will write the genre and subgenre. 4. DO NOT SHARE ANSWERS!

13. 1 Dogs and Cats by Bob Brady A five paragraph essay where the student Bob Brady compares and contrasts dogs and cats. He provides a lot of information about both. Write the genre and subgenre on your paper.

14. 2 Science Textbook This science textbook contains much of the human knowledge of Earth and the universe. Write the genre and subgenre on your paper.

15. 3 As I Was Saying by Augustus Gluten Mr. Gluten writes the story of his humble origins as a child in Germany to his meteoric rise to power in the candy industry. Write the genre and subgenre on your paper.

16. 4 They Came from the Sun by Tom Mitchell The story of a race of aliens that come to enslave the residents of Earth with their advanced weaponry. Only one teacher can stop them, but is it too late? Write the genre and subgenre on your paper.

17. 5 The Ant & The Grasshopper Adapted by Chad Peplum The really short story of an Ant who works hard all summer to prepare for winter and a Grasshopper who just plays. Winter comes and the Grasshopper freezes to death. The moral is prepare today for tomorrows needs.

18. 6 Bag Lunch by Dillard Perkins It is the fictional story of two young African American girls living in Greensboro, N.C. in 1960. One day while waiting to buy food at a Woolworth's lunch counter, the girls find themselves at a significant crossroads in American history.

19. 7 Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind retold by Mitch Colwell Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind was the toughest girl in the Wild West. She flosses with rattlesnakes and dries her clothes in a tornado. Shes tougher than a ten-year- old steak. Read about her extraordinary adventures in this humorous text.

20. 8 Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine! By Sasha Marsh In this essay, Marsh tries to convince people to do small things to help the environment. She gives readers many suggestions on how to live more eco- friendly and challenges readers to make the world a better place for future generations through small contributions.

21. 9 Eric Vaser and the Educators Rock by J.P. Tumblin This is the first book in the Eric Vaser series. Eric goes to mage school and becomes a star student. He learns to play pencetrench, a football like game played on flying platforms, and he fights to stop a growing evil within the school that will test his newfound magic powers.

22. 10 Journal of a Lumpy Kid by Ken Jiffy In his first year of middle school, Hank Griffin, the main character of this story deals with cooties, older bullies, running for a class election, and other problems that many middle school students face.

23. Answers 1. Nonfiction ; Informational Writing 2. Nonfiction ; Informational Writing 3. Nonfiction ; Autobiography 4. Fiction ; Science Fiction 5. Folktale ; Fable 6. Fiction ; Historical Fiction 7. Folktale ; Tall Tale 8. Nonfiction ; Persuasive Essay 9. Fiction ; Fantasy 10. Fiction ; Realistic Fiction